Pilgrimage of Mercy – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimage
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A Pilgrimage to Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic

Pilgrimage of Mercy

A rare combination of Eastern Europe’s most intriguing cities of Budapest, Krakow and Prague. Be blessed by the powerful graces of the great Shrines of Divine Mercy and the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Relish a 3-night stay in spectacular Krakow as we retrace the places and graces of Pope St John Paul II.

Highlights

Budapest (2 Nights) • Zakopane (1) • Krakow (3) • Auschwitz • Wadowice • Czestochowa (2) • Prague (2)

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Budapest to Prague
  • Daily Mass

Black Madonna 
of Częstochowa

St Maximilian Kolbe
Franciszek Gajowniczek

St John Paul II

Karol Józef Wojtyła
Saint John Paul II

Saint Faustyna Kowalska
of the Blessed Sacrament

Infant Jesus of Prague
Prague, Czech Republic

Itinerary

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

DAY 1ARRIVE BUDAPEST

Be immediately awestruck by the beauty of Hungary’s capital Budapest as we commence our pilgrimage journey here in the city known as the ‘Paris of the East’. Join with fellow pilgrims this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

Situated on the opposite banks of the Danube, the former twin cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges.

Budapest overnight (D)

DAY 2BUDAPEST

Our pilgrimage day begins with a visit and Mass at the stunning Basilica of St Stephen which holds the mummified hand of St Stephen, the first King of Hungary. Continue on to view the decorative Parliament building, Heroes Square, the 118 foot high Corinthian column dedicated to the Roman Catholic Church, the 13th century Church of St Matthias and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Finish our tour with a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon before embarking on an enchanting Dinner Cruise on the River Danube to see the city’s architecture gloriously illuminated.

Budapest overnight (BD)

Day 3BUDAPEST TO ZAKOPANE

Departing Budapest this morning, we journey north crossing into the Slovak Republic and then Poland, passing magnificent alpine landscape to the resort village of Zakopane.  On arrival we will celebrate Mass and take time for prayer in the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, built in thanksgiving of Pope St John Paul II’s narrow escape from assassination at St Peter’s Square on 13 May, 1981. 

Zakopane overnight (BD) 

Day 4ZAKOPANE TO KRAKOW

Today we embark on a cable car ride into the Tatras Mountains with its many walking trails once frequented by Fr Karol (Pope St John Paul II) and his companions. Also here atop Mt Kasprowy we enter the charming wooden Jaszczorowka Chapel so loved by Pope St John Paul II and where we will celebrate our spectacular Mass.

In the late afternoon we journey north to Krakow.

Krakow overnight (BD)

Day 5KRAKOW

Today we commence our walking tour at the Wawel Cathedral where in the crypt below Fr Karol was ordained in 1946 and celebrated his first Mass.

Continue on to St Mary’s Church, University and Market Square to experience one of the most beautiful medieval city centres in Europe. Enter St. Florians Church, where the young Karol developed a flourishing underground youth ministry at great risk.

Our afternoon draws us to the inspired Shrine of Divine Mercy where, between 1931 – 1938 Our Lord appeared to Sr Faustina Kowalska (a Polish Sister of Mercy) entrusting with her the mission of spreading His message of merciful love for humanity. We will celebrate Mass at the shrine, and witness the miraculous image of the Merciful Jesus before venerating the tomb of St Faustina.

Time permitting we will visit the nearby ‘Have No Fear’ John Paul II Shrine where we can encounter ‘the person of John Paul II, his thoughts, his spirit and his sanctity’ (Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz).

Travel out then for an enthralling tour of the famous Wieliczka Salt Mines, the oldest operational mines in Europe and dating back to the 13th century.

Krakow overnight (BD)

Day 6WADOWICE & AUSCHWITZ

We travel out of Krakow this morning and journey west to visit the celebrated Marian site of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which remains the favourite boyhood shrine of Pope St John Paul II.

Continue to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (the now canonised Pope St John Paul II) where we enter his family house and even the grounds where he used to play Football! The central point of the town is the market square with its Parish Church, and the famous Baptismal basin where Karol was baptized. Next to the church, we find the saint’s birthplace and the nearby Museum encompassing the former home of the Wojtyla family.

In the afternoon we journey north and enter on a deeply moving encounter of Auschwitz where we mourn the millions of people who were put to death in the biggest concentration camp of Hitler’s Nazism. Pope St John Paul II has termed this place the Golgotha of the modern world. We pray in the martyrdom bunker of St Maximilian Kolbe and view his cell while reflecting upon his selfless courage. After the tour of Auschwitz, we will have Mass in one of the beautiful town Churches.

Return to Krakow in time for dinner. 

Krakow overnight (BD)

Day 7 KRAKOW TO CZESTOCHOWA

We farewell Krakow this morning, journeying north by coach to Czestochowa where the fortress monastery of the Pauline Monks of Jasna Gora (meaning Bright Hill) is located.

En route we visit the basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, Trzebinia.

Czestochowa overnight (BD)

Day 8CZESTOCHOWA PILGRIMAGE

Czestochowa is home to the cherished miraculous icon of Our Lady with the Child Jesus, an object of veneration for centuries (also known as the Black Madonna). Attracting more than five million pilgrims every year, Our Lady of Czestochowa is recognized as one of the most visited places of Christian pilgrimage in the world. This morning we will celebrate a private Mass before the image here in the ancient chapel. Later we will tour the Basilica, Treasury, Museum and Knights Hall.

A little free time this afternoon. An optional later visit to Jura Krakowsko, part of the Polish Jurassic Rock Upland will be enjoyed as the fit and able take a walk up the hill to the ruins of the Gothic Castle of Olszyn.

Czestochowa overnight (BD)

Day 9CZESTOCHOWA TO PRAGUE

Depart Czestochowa this morning and journey west through lush green countryside. We make a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Wambierzyce in the foothills of the Table Mountains, where we will celebrate Mass. This is one of the oldest Polish places of Christian pilgrimage featuring a Jerusalem-like setting and home to the miniature miraculous image of the Virgin Mary. The Shrine’s grounds and surrounding hills are dotted with numerous chapels, grottos and stations depicting important events in the life of Jesus and Mary. While here we visit the Szopka with its hundreds of tiny mechanized figures carved from limewood reliving the Gospel stories. 

We reboard our coach and continue west, crossing the border into the Czech Republic. Finally arrive in the golden city of Prague famous for its Gothic and Baroque architecture and ranked as one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe.  

Prague overnight (BD) 

Day 10PRAGUE

We commence our final day of pilgrimage with a walking tour of Prague. Visit St Vitus Cathedral, the city’s most distinctive landmark which houses the crown jewels and the tomb of ‘Good King’ Wenceslas. Continue on to the Hradcany area and the Prague Castle.

We celebrate Mass today at the Church of Our Lady Victorious where we come face to face with the Holy Infant of Prague. This wax figure has an impressive record of miracle cures and is one of the most revered images in the Catholic world.

Cross the historical Charles Bridge built in 1400 and continue on to the Old Town area including Wenceslas Square, Celetna Lane, Old Town Square (with its random network of streets dating back to the 13th century), the Town Hall with the astronomical clock and Tyn Cathedral.

We enjoy a special dinner this evening as a fitting final celebration of our pilgrimage together. 

Prague overnight (BD)

Day 11DEPART PRAGUE

Our pilgrimage ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

All tour inclusions and order of daily arrangements remain subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances, which may arise, or at the discretion of the tour leadership.

Dates & Prices

Dates
Chaplain
Tour Cost
11 - 21 June 2024
Fr Christopher Sarkis
AUD $5890*
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PM2401
11 - 21 June 2024
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Dates

11 - 21 June 2024

Chaplain

Fr Christopher Sarkis

Tour Cost

AUD $5890*

Tour Code

PM2401

Single Room

AUD $1990 Supplement

Start

Budapest

Finish

Prague

Prepaid Tipping

$14 PPPD**

*Per person, twin share

**Per Person, per Day.

Costs are indicative and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, tax & hotel changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions.

Included
  • ACCOMODATION & MEALS: Based on reputable local 3-4 star superior hotels or quality religious houses as applicable • Meals as specified in Itinerary
  • TOURING & TRANSPORTATION: Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach touring • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Guides • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees
  • OTHER: Fully Escorted by Pilgrimage Chaplain • Porterage at hotels (where available) • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Tour Wallet
Not Included
  • International Airfares
  • Other meals not listed
  • Passport and Visa Costs (if applicable)
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Prepaid Tipping

Chaplain

JUNE 2024

Fr Christopher Sarkis

Optional 6 Night Post-Tour Extension

Prague to Vienna Extension

Altotting (2 nights), Salzburg (2 nights), Vienna (2 nights).

DAY 11FRIDAY 21 JUNE - PRAGUE TO ALTOTTING

Departing Prague this morning we travel to nearby Svata Hora, which is known as the “Holy Mountain”. Towering high above an old mining town, this baroque complex of buildings consecrated to the Virgin Mary has long been considered the spiritual heart of Bohemia. The church itself has, in addition to the Miraculous statue of Our Lady, many magnificent works of art and frescoes along with its world-renowned silver altar.

Following Mass, we journey east to the famous Marian Shrine of Altotting, in the heart of Bavaria.

Altotting overnight (BD)

DAY 12SATURDAY 22 JUNE - ALTOTTING & MARKTL

Altötting has been the spiritual centre of Bavaria and for more than 500 years the most significant place of pilgrimage in Germany. More than one million pilgrims and visitors per year seek the “Black Madonna” which is kept inside the Chapel of Grace.

This morning we have the privilege of celebrating Mass here at the shrine and come as pilgrims before the “Black Madonna” to seek her intercession and motherly protection. Also see here the Jerusalem Panorama, a monumental cyclorama of the crucifixion of Jesus, along with the Treasury and Pilgrimage Museum.

Close by we will visit the town of Marktl, the birthplace of Joseph Ratzinger who went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. Many visitors make the pilgrimage to his former house, which is now a museum.
The afternoon is at leisure back in Altotting, giving us time for private retreat, reflection or just time to relax.

Altotting overnight (BD)

DAY 13SUNDAY 23 JUNE - TO SALZBURG

Travel south by coach this morning through some of the most breathtaking scenery in southern Bavaria. We visit the Benedictine Abbey at Frauenworth situated on an island and founded in 772AD. Crossing the border into Austria, we will stop and enjoy the Hallein Salt Mines where we can enter on little trains to see this wondrous underground world of salt.

We continue nearby to Mondsee, where the hills will surely come alive with the “Sound of Music”! Our visit includes St. Michael’s Church – scene of the wedding between Maria and Captain Von Trapp. Also enter Hellbrunn Palace, a unique world of trick fountains and in the garden, see here the Pavilion where Liesl sang “Sixteen Going On Seventeen.” On the outskirts of Salzburg, we visit the hilltop shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain for Mass, where pilgrims have been coming for three centuries to pray to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary.

Finally, we arrive in Salzburg where we will proceed to our hotel for check-in.

Salzburg overnight (BD)

DAY 14MONDAY 24 JUNE - SALZBURG

This morning we visit Nonnberg Convent and admire the magnificent Byzantine frescoes in the choir, some of the oldest in Austria. The convent is more famous for having the real Maria Von Trapp from “The Sound of Music” enrolled as a novice. Continue on to the huge domed Salzburg Cathedral for Mass which can be seen from all over the city. We see the bronze font with reliefs of saints and where Mozart was baptised – many of his works were performed here for the first time.

Stroll through Residenz Platz and into Mozart Platz where we can view a statue of the great composer. We will visit the Mozart House where the family lived between 1747 and 1773. On a side street we see
one of Europe’s most revered objects – The statue of the Christ Child of Loreto which miraculously cured the sick.

Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to wander the Mirabell gardens, the backstreets, boutiques or just enjoy a coffee and a strudel.

Salzburg overnight (BD)

DAY 15TUESDAY 25 JUNE - DEPART SALZBURG FOR VIENNA VIA MELK

This morning we depart for the beautiful city of Vienna. 

Stopping enroute at Melk, we visit the massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Melk Abbey. Overlooking the Danube River, the Abbey holds the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau.

Continue onto Vienna, the capital of Austria, and the city of Mozart and Strauss.

Vienna was the hub of culture and art for most of Europe for many centuries.

We will visit the Hofburg Palace and in particular, the Palace Chapel. The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It was built in the 13th century and expanded several times afterwards.

This evening we will be guests at one of the spectacular venues in the city of Vienna for a classical concert performance for which Vienna is famous.

Vienna overnight (BD)

DAY 16WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE - VIENNA

This morning we will continue our tour of Vienna, visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral for Mass and to view the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs, the Klosterneuburg Monastery which houses the miraculous picture of Our Lady of the Bowed Head.

Free time this afternoon.

Vienna overnight (BD)

DAY 17THURSDAY 27 JUNE - DEPART VIENNA

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

TOUR EXTENSION DETAILS
Starts/Ends  Prague / Vienna 
Departs 21 – 27 June 2024
Cost Add-On AUD $4290 per person, twin share
Single Room AUD $1150 supplement
Prepaid Tipping AUD $14 per person, per day 

Costs are based on prices as at December 2023 and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, hotel changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions for more details.

  • “My pilgrimage lifted me out of a spiritual slump. I now have so much more to do with my life.”

    Marye Casey
    Graces of Eastern Europe
  • “This pilgrimage has strengthened my faith and desire to do more to serve others.”

    June
    Graces of Eastern Europe

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